Moles and other birthmarks are benign pigmented spots or patches of skin that range in color from tan, brown and black (moles) to red or pink. Though most birthmarks are harmless, they may develop into cancer. Moles exhibiting any of the following warning signs should be examined by a professional immediately:
- Larger than six millimeters.
- Itches or bleeds.
- Rapidly changes in color, size or shape.
- Has multiple colors.
- Is located where it can’t be easily monitored, such as on the scalp.
For patients bothered by the appearance of their moles, treatment may include pulsed light therapy, microdermabrasion or surgical excision.